The Development of Liberalism in History


Ancient Greek Democracy

Approx. 500 BCE - Approx. Present

The democracy of Greece was one of the first democracies the world has ever had. Many other places had democracies during this time in history but Athens was the most powerful.

The people were able to vote on the legistlation on their own which led to the right to vote. Democracy is one of the world's most powerful forms of government and still influenece today's democracy.

Magna Carta


Magna Carta is one of the most valued documents in history. It was created by King John of England and his barons in order to solve tax disputes among the church and Pope.

The concept of Magna Carta was to re-balance power between the king and his people. It led to the power of the King to be limited as well as giving back power to the people, making the people and King more equal. It led to the basic protection of human rights as well.

The Magna Carta led to influencing today's bills and rights, even the American Constitution.

Haudenosaunee Confederacy

1400 - 1776

The Haudenosaunee Confederacy was a time where the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations came together to form "The Great Law of Peace."

The purpose of "The Great Law of Peace" was to distribute the pwoe rof the government equally among the people. It included the freedom of speech, rights of women as well as the choice to follow their religion.

The Great Law of Peace also influenced the Constituition of American to be made.


1400 - 1600

The Renaissance was a time of social, political, artistic and cultural reform. During this time Europe began to rise out of the depression of the Middle Ages. This was seen as the transition between Middle Ages into Modern times.

Instead of holding onto tradition, Europeans encourage change and brought on new ideas which led to mass production of inventions as well as medicine to be created. The printing press allowed the commoners to receive information that was only held by the higher classes.


1517 - 1648

The Reformation was a time where a pastor named Martin Luther believed that the church became courupt and demanded that the curch was to be reformed.

Many years after the church began to reform thorugh he influence of humanism, as the church took in new ideas and the natural nature of human beings began to grow through the faith of the church's reformation.

The Enlightenment

1650 - 1800

Due to the Renaissance and Reformation, people began to value individual importance as well as the power of reason. Philosophers had begun to promote the ideas of human nature that led to the development of classical liberalism. Ultimatley the enlightment age of reason has promoted the beliefs of clasical liberlism.

Industrial Revolution

1750 - 1850

Many extreme changes were made to the political system, economy, and the way people think. This was the height of society's philosophy as people began to embrace new ideas.

More efficient technology was used to farm lands as well as the people began to demand greater political rights as the economic freedom grew. As the nations began competiting for power and weath it cause nationalism and imperialism to be formed.

American Revolution

1775 - 1783

Ideas of the enlightenment has contributed to the American Revolution. Since each group colony of Great Brtitan had their own names and government the Americans had demanded indeendance from Great Britain as well as a government where the citizens had almost equal power to the government.

After the Declaration of Independence, the citizens were no longer controlled by foreign government as they became independant and free.

French Revolution

1789 - 1799

During the French Revolution people fought for rights and equality. People wanted to become independant and elimante the class structure that was the Ancien Regime. When the church and noblility held more power than the people the people began to rebel until the Declaration of Rights of Man was written into law in 1789.

Changes to the Class System


As classical liberalism took hold of society the people began to change their ideas. Social classes began to die away as the people began to have more of a say regarding politics and the government.

Due to classical liberalism people had a greater chance to rise into the higher economic class.